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Geotechnical Engineer Salary (United States)

Slightly more than half of Geotechnical Engineers report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $60K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Geotechnical Engineers approaches anywhere from $44K on the lower end to $85K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. In this field, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Geotechnical Engineers are male. Job satisfaction for Geotechnical Engineers is high. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Geotechnical Engineer Salary (?
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$44,487 - $84,024
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MEDIAN: $60,224
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Geotechnical Engineer Salary (?
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$16.16 - $36.02
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$44,487 - $84,024  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,107  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $9,729  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,624 - $85,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 666
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.16 - $36.02  
   
Overtime
$20.53 - $41.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,107  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $9,729  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,624 - $85,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 105
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Job Description for Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical engineers monitor drilling operations, take and analyze soil samples, and classify soil and rocks. They typically work outdoors with colleagues that help them collect data and samples. The engineers then pass their samples and data to a field supervisor, who will approve their work or send them back into the field for further research. The work is both physical and mental, as the engineer is required to go out in the field to collect samples and analyze them as well. They typically work during the day, when sunlight is plentiful. Critical skills in this position include an understanding of geoscience data acquisition procedures.
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Geotechnical Engineer Tasks
  • Evaluate test data and develop design parameters.
  • Perform engineering analyses including foundation capacities, slope stability and settlements, etc.
  • Coordination of drilling and sampling of soil borings and supervision of laboratory testing.

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Popular Skills for Geotechnical Engineer

Survey results imply that Geotechnical Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Project, Project Management, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, AutoCAD, and AutoDesk. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of AutoCAD and Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Geotechnical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Geotechnical Engineers. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $55K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $69K on average. For Geotechnical Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $83K. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the six-figure range of $106K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — a fair portion of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in ten of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise nearly one in eight, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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$61,000
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Geotechnical Engineers will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Also paying near the top of the field are Portland, New York, Houston, and Dallas, where Geotechnical Engineers annually earn 13 percent, 8 percent, 8 percent, and 7 percent more than the national average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 7 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (4 percent less) and Philadelphia (3 percent less).

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Experience Affects Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

National Average
$61,000

Skills That Affect Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Project
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$61,000
Matlab
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Visual Basic (VB)
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AutoDesk
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 218 votes.

Gender

Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 6%